- Home thefts spiked 36% during the late Queen’s 2022 Jubilee weekend.
- Monday 6th June 2022 saw a significant spike for home thefts, increasing by 238% compared to 2021.
With the King’s Coronation fast approaching, the nation is preparing to take to the streets to celebrate for the first time since 1953. More than 57 locations across the UK will be putting up big screens, with more than 100,000 people able to watch the event in their hometowns. Brits will also be able to watch the historical occasion unfold with friends and family, and many will be holding street parties.
However, with households left unoccupied for the long weekend, LV= General Insurance (LV= GI), has warned against a potential increase in home thefts up and down the country.
According to fresh data from LV=, home thefts increased by 36% during the Jubilee weekend last year compared to the same weekend in 2021. Monday 6th June 2022 also saw a significant spike for home thefts, increasing by 238% compared the same date the previous year, suggesting that thieves may target households that leave their homes unoccupied on the days following the Coronation weekend, or during parties.
There are lots of things you can do to make your home secure and put off potential thieves. To help Brits keep their homes safe during the Coronation weekend, LV= has shared five top tips to help burgle proof your home.
- Don’t discuss your plans too loudly: Whilst weekend plans for the Coronation may be topic of conversation, try avoiding discussing your plans too loudly in public as you never know who might overhear. Also, make sure your calendar isn’t readable for outsiders looking in as if your calendar is in view from a window, then burglars can easily find out your plans for the weekend.
- Double check your locks and windows: If you’re heading out to a street party, or quickly popping back home to grab the Coronation Quiche, make sure you double check your locks before heading out. If the sun is shining, then try avoiding leaving your windows left open all day as burglars will be on the lookout for easy access into your property.
If you’re looking for extra protection, then invest in anti-snap locks which can’t easily be broken by burglars trying to gain entry to your home. Where possible, install a 5-lever mortice deadlock – these are locks which are embedded into the actual body of a door, and are harder to force open.
- Leave a car parked: If you’re planning on driving to visit family or friends for the long weekend then it might be worth getting someone local to park their car on your drive. This can make the house appear more “lived-in” to any spying burglar.
- Install security lights around your home: Motion sensor activated lights are great security for homes as intruders are less likely to try and break in if your home and garden is lit up for all to see. Make sure that any exterior lighting you do fit is high up and out of reach, so it can’t be tampered with whilst you’re away.
- Delayed bank holiday deliveries: Double check if your deliveries are expecting any delays due to the bank holiday. If you’re not going to be in, then try to cancel the delivery or get it delivered to a neighbour instead. Parcels hidden in ‘safe spaces’ are a good indication to a burglar that the house has been left empty.
Martin Milliner, Claims Director at LV= General Insurance, comments: “Our data shows that there was a significant uplift in home thefts during the Jubilee weekend last year, as many people left their homes unoccupied during the long weekend. With the King’s Coronation fast approaching, we know that much of the nation will be celebrating the historical occasion.
“Whether you’re heading to a street party or even jetting off on vacation, it’s important to ensure that you’re not leaving your home as a target to potential burglaries. It will be a busy weekend for many, so remember to double check the windows are locked and whether you’re expecting any delayed deliveries, as these are the tell-tell signs that the property is unoccupied.”
Notes to editors
For further information please contact:
Natasha King, [email protected], 07443 237651
1 LV= General Insurance Home claims data covering 2021 and 2022.
Madeleine Pay, Mischief PR [email protected], 07814 238953
Natasha King, LV= General Insurance Senior Press Officer, [email protected], 07443 237651
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